Italy News

Flood-Weary Venice Puts ‘Moses’ Inflatable Barriers to Test

ROME — Venice has conducted a trial run of an ambitious anti-flood system of 78 inflatable barriers in hopes of protecting the lagoon city from devastating high tides. Premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday at a ceremony in Venice pressed a …

Wall in Pompeii Collapses After Heavy Rain

Top Italian culture officials are calling for swift action to save Pompeii, the ancient Roman city encased in volcanic ash, from further ruin after heavy rains reportedly caused part of a wall to collapse. Giancarlo Galan, the head of a …

7 Killed in Chinese-Run Factory in Italy

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory’s roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said …

Italy Gives OK to Right Capsized Costa Concordia

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people. The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be …

Cameras in Planes Show Italy Thieves

Italian police have arrested 29 airport baggage handlers accused of stealing cameras, cellphones and other loot from passengers’ luggage, a bust made possible after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds where the thefts occurred. Italian national carrier Alitalia …

Bandits Rob Millions in Italian Highway Heist

Bandits armed with Kalashnikovs stole an estimated (euro) 2 million ($2.6 million) Monday by setting a big-rig truck on fire to block a highway in northern Italy and then blowing open an armored truck, a company official said. No one …

4 Convicted in Italy for Dorm Collapse in Quake

A court in L’Aquila, Italy, has convicted four people in the collapse of a university dormitory during the 2009 earthquake in that Apennine mountain town. Eight students died in the collapse during the powerful quake, which struck in the pre-dawn …

Captain of Wrecked Costa Ship Contests Firing

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has returned to court to contest his firing, and says he’ll “certainly” take command of a ship again. Francesco Schettino is challenging Costa Crociere SpA’s decision to fire him after the Concordia ran …

Italy: Police Arrest Driver in Fatal Sled Accident

Italian police have arrested the driver of the snowmobile that crashed into a ravine during a nighttime outing on a steep ski slope, killing six Russians being pulled behind the vehicle on a sled. Trento prosecutors said Azat Yagafarov, 58, …

Avalanche in Alps Kill 2 Skiers in Italy

Rescuers have found the bodies of two Italian skiers who were killed by an avalanche in Italy’s Alps. The Italian news agency ANSA said the rescuers found the remains on Saturday night near a lake about 10 hours after the …